Singapore is far from being the best country for women to work in, a new International Women’s Day research by Finder has revealed.
In fact, it was the worst amongst 16 countries that were compared.
Singapore ranked lowest (16th) on the metrics for gender wage gap , average weekly working hours and the number of paid holiday leave days.
Here’s how Singapore compared with other countries on these metrics.
Gender wage gap:
- Singapore – 20% pay gap between women and men
- Denmark – 5.73% pay gap between women and men
Number of paid holiday leave days:
- Singapore – 17 days including 7 annual leave days and 10 paid public holidays
- Austria – 43 days including 30 annual leave days and 13 paid public holidays
Average weekly working hours:
- Singapore – 45 hours
- Netherlands – 20 hours
Women representation on boards:
- Singapore – 13% of board positions are filled by women
- France – 40.80% of board positions are filled by women
That said, Singapore did not rank the worst for everything. In fact, the country came in third for the difference women have saved for retirement compared to men – behind Sweden and Austria which tied in first place.
Further, Singapore ranked sixth for female participation in the workforce. According to World Bank data cited in the research, 60.31% of Singaporean women participate in the workforce, ahead of Australia (59.18%) and the UK (56.86%).
View the full infographic below:
Singapore’s ranking by metrics
Top countries for working women
1st place – Denmark
2nd place – Norway
3rd place – Finland
4th place – Sweden and Austria
6th place – Germany
7th place – Ireland
8th place – France
9th place – Canada
10th place – Netherlands
11th place – United Kingdom
12th place – Iceland and New Zealand
14th place – Australia
15th place – United States
16th place – Singapore
The researchers at Finder sourced data from the 16 countries’ government, private industry and prominent media sites.
The countries were then ranked the countries for each metric on a scale of 1 (best) to 16 (worst).
The lesser points the country scored overall, the more favourable it is considered for women to work in.